Common Core State Standards

FIRST LOOK AT THE COMMON CORE

The Common Core State Standards Initiative represents one of the most significant reforms to US Education in recent history. The efforts of 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia have – for the first time – given consensus to educators on the essential knowledge and skills necessary for the college and career readiness of our nation’s students.

As of October 2010, 41 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. As states begin to implement the Common Core and raise expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of high school, it is important to understand the level of college and career readiness of today’s students and use all available data to inform decisions related to education policy and practice.

More information can be found about this initiative on the California Department of Education's website.